We spend a lot of time encouraging audiences to come hear a string quartet because they won first prize at Banff, to listen to a band because they are two-time Juno nominees, to see a play because the CBC called it “wildly funny, the highlight of the season, etc.”
Sometimes, however, it’s a relief to tell people, “Never mind the glitz, come for the quality of the performance, which will be great.”
The next few days offers two such opportunities at ArtSpring.
On Thursday, March 27, five musicians from Toronto who perform as The ARC Ensemble (which stands for Artists of the Royal Conservatory) bring us a lovely concert of music for violin, viola, cello, clarinet and guitar – music by Beethoven, Paganini, Crussel and others. The musicians are some of the most senior faculty at the Glen Gould Studio. They do certainly tour around the world, but their main jobs are teaching the young musicians at Canada‘s premiere music school.
On Sunday afternoon, March 30, ArtSpring similarly presents two superb artists who pursue quality more out of the personal limelight than in it. Violinist Terence Tam and pianist Lorraine Min, both from Victoria, are two of the finest musicians in B.C. you’ve probably never heard of. Tam is Concertmaster of the Victoria symphony (as well as being a physician) and Min, his wife, is a graduate of both Peabody and Julliard and a superb recitalist. Their ArtSpring concert will include music by Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Franck and Ravel.
Both these concerts offer classical music at its finest performed by musicians who will certainly deliver quality above all.
The ARC Ensemble performs Thursday at 7:30, after a 6:30 pre-concert chat, and Terence Tam and Lorraine Min play on Sunday at 2:30. Tickets for each concert at $28 regular and $5 for all youth are available from the ArtSpring Ticket Centre 537-2102 or online.